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Vet Surg. 2011 Jul;40(5):515-21. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-950X.2011.00846.x.

Presurgical hand antisepsis: concepts and current habits of veterinary surgeons.

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Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals and Equids, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Liege, Liege, Belgium. denis@proamhorses.eu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To assess current habits for surgical hand preparation among veterinary surgical specialists and to compare data with current guidelines for hand asepsis techniques.

STUDY DESIGN:

Survey of veterinary surgical specialists.

SAMPLE POPULATION:

Diplomates of the American (ACVS) and European Colleges of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS).

METHODS:

An internet-based survey of hand preparation methods before surgical procedures was conducted of 1300 listed ACVS and ECVS Diplomates.

RESULTS:

A 42.6% response rate was obtained. Approximately, 80% of respondents use disinfecting soaps as a primary method for hand antisepsis. Of those, 81% use chlorhexidine-based scrubs and 7% use a neutral soap followed by a hydroalcoholic solution.

CONCLUSIONS:

Contrary to current recommendations of the World Health Organization and scientific evidence supporting use of hydro-alcoholic rubs for presurgical hand preparation, veterinary surgical specialists still use surgical scrub solutions containing disinfecting soaps.

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